The Culinary Delights of South Africa’s Beautiful Cape

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One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Cape Town is home to people from diverse cultures and ethnic groups, each contributing to the array of tastes and smells a visitor can expect to enjoy when dining in one of Cape Town’s many restaurants. 

Typically a good Cape Town restaurant will be reasonably priced and serve well prepared dishes that will linger in your memories long after you have left the city. This article will highlight some of the great flavors, places and influences which give Cape Town restaurants their unique character. To truly experience Cape Town you should try to include dishes from various Cape Town restaurants influenced by different cultures.

Cape Malay food

Probably the biggest cultural influence on Cape Town’s traditional food comes from Cape Malay cooking traditions. Truly South African dishes like Bobotie, Breyani, Samoosas and Koeksisters are all brought to us by the Cape Malay culture. 

Bobotie is made from minced meat and raisins, with a creamy crust for a covering made from egg. The dish has a sweet taste and is a South African favorite. Breyani is a dish made from rice and lentils, with fish, chicken or other meat. This is a tasty, yet spicy meal, which is popular in Cape Town. The samoosa is a very popular snack in Cape Town and South Africa, made by wrapping mince-meat or vegetables in pastry and then deep frying it. For the sweet tooth there is the legendary koeksister, a sweet pastry often enjoyed with a cup of tea. The Cape Malay version has a more cake-like consistency, while the Afrikaner adaption comes in the form of a twisted pastry glazed in syrup, making for a very sweet treat.
Africa Cafe

Visitors to Cape Town can chose from a variety of African fusion restaurants which will give you an unforgettable taste experience as traditional African ingredients are combined in adventurous dishes that will tantalize your taste buds. The menus typically offer a tremendous range, catering to diverse tastes and satisfying your palate, no matter how particular it may be.

Waterfront restaurant
The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is a development which has grown around a working harbor, where you can shop till you drop, then visit museums and galleries, see weird and wonderful sea life in the famous Two Oceans Aquarium, and dine in one of the fabulous restaurants looking out over the harbor. This is one of Cape Town’s big tourist draw cards, and after visiting you will know exactly why the Waterfront is such a popular spot.

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Camps Bay beach is a popular spot for the young and trendy.  Enjoy the beautiful white sand and warm sunshine, but remember to protect yourself with a good sun block. The water is known to be a bit on the chilly side, but it does serve to provide refreshing relief from the midsummer heat.  Here you can expect to find Cape Town restaurants offering top caliber seaside dining.

cape town city restaurants
Taking a walk around the Castle in the city center or browsing the stalls on Greenmarket Square can work up an appetite, which one of the Cape Town City Centre restaurants will satisfy with style.  There are a variety of good restaurants to be found on Shortmarket Street, New Church Street, Castle Street, Long Street, Loop Street and the likes.

Kalk Bay harbor & restaurant

False Bay offers some stunning seaside restaurants, notably those in Kalk Bay, where you can enjoy the best of Cape Town’s more casual dining locations, with the cry of gulls over breaking waves lending a charming character to the setting.

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Green Point has a lively nightlife with old style disco clubs and music for the liberal tourist to enjoy a night out. There are a variety of restaurants where you can enjoy anything from sophisticated cocktails to imported Belgian beers with your meal.

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Sea Point’s Beach Road has a couple of good restaurants offering a view of the promenade where rollerblading, jogging and dog walking are popular activities under the summer sun. Enjoy a hearty meal here and sip on a drink as the sunsets and Cape Town’s nightlife awakens.

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Southern Suburbs restaurants range from sports pubs to the finest French cuisine restaurants on beautiful Constantia wine estates. Newlands hosts Cape Town’s cricket and rugby stadiums, where international events are common place, resulting in a frenzy of patriotism and a great atmosphere for visitors to the city to enjoy.

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The Winelands are just a short drive outside of the city, where wine tasting is the order of the day. Enjoy a wide variety of restaurants on the various wine farms offering wine tasting and great dishes for the hungry tourist. The beauty of Stellenbosch and Franschoek make for a breathtaking escape from city life where you can enjoy the best food, wine and hospitality.

Cape Quarter

Come visit the Cape and enjoy a rich diversity of scenery, people and tastes.  Road Travel Africa is passionate about South Africa and specialize in culinary packages and tours, so get in touch with us to make sure you know which restaurants and establishments will make your taste buds happy 😉

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Extraordinary Southern African Wine Tour & Safari

Day 1
You will be met on arrival at Cape Town International Airport and transferred to your hotel.  The Radisson Blu Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is conveniently situated near the V&A, it is also a heartbeat away from Cape Town’s city center and a short hop to the most beautiful beaches.
Overnight: Radisson Blu, V&A Waterfront

Day 2
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before you will be met by your tour guide at the hotel and depart on a full day tour of Cape Town.  First visit will be a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain (weather permitting).  Table Mountain soars 1 0 85m (3 559ft) above Cape Town and offers the most exquisite views and photo opportunities.


After descending the mountain, you will head into Gugulethu, a township just outside Cape Town, which is a colorful combination of vibrant life and a local example of the problems associated with poverty.  You will enjoy lunch at Mzoli’s, a gem of a place.  You will visit the local butcher and select your own meat, which will then be made perfectly for you with Mzoli’s secret sauce.


You will meet the wine guru to Mzoli and try two of his wines (one of which is the Mandisi Merlot, named after Mzoli’s late son).  If time permits after this unique experience, you will visit the District Six Museum and partake in a walking tour through the colorful Bo-Kaap.  Finish off the day with sundowners on Signal Hill before transferring back to the hotel in the early evening.
Overnight: Radisson Blu, V&A Waterfront


Day 3
You will be met at your hotel and depart on a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula and Constantia Winelands.  Enjoy the breathtaking views from Camps Bay, Victoria Drive to Llandudno and onto Hout Bay for your optional cruise to Seal Island (weather permitting).  Continue onto the magnificent Chapman’s Peak Drive and the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, where you will take the Flying Dutchman cable car to the lighthouse for more incredible views.


Continue on to Simons Town for a visit to Boulders Beach Penguin Colony.  Enjoy lunch at a top restaurant on the beach, before you will be guided over the beautiful Silvermine Road into the Constantia Valley.  You will visit Groot Constantia, the first wine estate in South Africa, with a magnificent and historical Manor House with elegant gables that houses a cultural history museum.  This estate covers 170 hectares of which 90 hectares comprise of vineyards offering world-class wines.  Next tasting will be at Constantia Uitsig, where you will taste their Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Red and White Bordeaux blends whilst enjoying the lovely view of the Constantia Valley.


You will end off this incredible day with a visit to Steenberg Estate, the oldest farm in the Cape Peninsula, where wines were first produced way back in 1695.  You will enjoy their Sensory Tasting Experience, this innovative tasting is a vinous journey that stimulates and engages all five senses in a beautiful setting.  Return to your hotel after sunset.
Overnight: Radisson Blu, V&A Waterfront


Day 4
You will be met at the hotel and transferred to the Stellenbosch airstrip.  Depart on a Flying Wine Tour, enjoying a flight around the stunning Cape Peninsula.  During the flight, you will taste some of the top 12 wines made in South Africa, selected and explained by our sommelier.  He will also give you historical and geological information for better understanding of the influence of the soils and the position of the vines, and consequently, on the difference between wines.  The flight continues along the Wine Route, which stretches toward the East of the Western Cape region.


The Paarl Mountains, the Franschhoek Valley and the lovely village of Robertson will reveal their secrets.  We will land one hour later on a private airstrip in a magnificent Nature Reserve, a kind of hidden paradise of the Western Cape.  The group will do their second wine tasting during a delicious “food & wine pairing”.  The third and last wine tasting will take place during the afternoon flight, when they will taste the Best “Cap Classique” and Dessert Wines.


The return flight takes you over the Wine Route again, but specifically over its southern part, where you will be able to see different vineyards in the Elgin and Hermanus regions.  A soft landing at Stellenbosch in the late afternoon will complete an exceptional and rewarding day.  Evening at your leisure.
Overnight: Radisson Blu, V&A Waterfront

Day 5
This morning after a leisurely breakfast you will be met and transferred into the heart of the Cape Winelands.  Enjoy a wine tasting and meet the wine maker and some of the staff in the vineyards before visiting a top sparkling wine producer outside Stellenbosch.


After a very interesting sparkling wine tasting, you will enjoy a walking tour through Stellenbosch, and then you will tuck into a traditional Afrikaans lunch on a wine farm in Franschhoek.  Explore the little village of Franschhoek before visiting a top wine estate, followed by a cellar tour and a visit to their unique art gallery.


End of this fabulous day in the Cape winelands with a cheese and wine tasting at a great estate outside Paarl, before returning to your hotel, with the evening at leisure to experience the nightlife of Cape Town.
Overnight: Radisson Blu, V&A Waterfront.

Day 6
You will be met at your hotel after breakfast and transferred to Cape Town International Airport for your flight to Johannesburg.
Flight from Johannesburg to Maun.


You will be met on arrival at Maun Airport and assisted onto your short charter flight to Camp Moremi.  Peering out beneath giant ebony trees, Camp Moremi brings true meaning to the word safari in the Xaxanaka area of the Moremi Game Reserve.  Your accommodation is in Africa-style safari tents, each individually sited on a raised teak platform with private adjacent facilities and viewing deck, offering unsurpassed views of the Xaxanaxa Lagoon.
Overnight: Camp Moremi


Day 7

Camp Moremi offers a broad range of safari activities on both land and water.  For many the highlight of their stay comes during the morning and afternoon game drives.


Conducted in 4×4 safari vehicles, the exhilarating game drives provide the chance to track wildlife in the beautiful surroundings of Moremi Game Reserve, a protected area renowned for frequent sightings of lion, leopard and cheetah.  African Wild Dog sightings are also regularly reported, an endangered species whose numbers are rapidly dwindling in other areas.  Water activities involve the exploration of the water lily-ringed Xakanaxa Lagoon and surrounding Okavango Delta channels by motorboat.


The birdlife – which ranges from water birds to shy forest dwellers – is prolific and varied, and each boat trip affords guests exceptional bird-watching opportunities.  Other sightings include hippos enjoying the clear cool water, and the chance to watch big game making their way through the reeds to drink or bathe at the water’s edge.
Overnight: Camp Moremi


Day 8

You will be met at your lodge and transferred to the airstrip for your charter flight to Camp Okavango.  This enchanting camp sits at the heart of the Okavango Delta on Nxaragha Island.  Botswana’s magnificent Okavango Delta, the world’s largest inland delta, is a maze of deep lagoons, large lakes and hidden, meandering channels.

During the annual flood season the Delta covers a vast area of over 16 000km before shrinking to less than 9 000km in the dry season.  Trapped in a basin of parched Kalahari Desert sand, the fresh water oasis attracts wildlife that depends on the permanent waters of this unique environment.
Overnight: Camp Okavango


Day 9

Water-based game-viewing activities are conducted by experienced professional guides who will expertly navigate you through the many meandering, reed-lined waterways.  Roam the vast expanses of water from the comfort of a modern motorboat or explore the intricacies of the Okavango Delta the old fashioned way, in the traditional contours of the Mokoro (canoe).


If you are looking to get a little closer to nature, guided bush walks are conducted on a number of the nearby islands, offering an opportunity to track some of the larger land-based species that inhabit this water wilderness.  Bird watching opportunities are outstanding, and fishing for bream and tiger fish is also offered as an activity.
Overnight: Camp Okavango


Day 10

You will be met at your lodge and transferred to the airstrip for your chargter flight to Savute Safari Lodge. Situated on the banks of Botswana’s fabled Stolen River, Savute Safari Lodge is a traditional thatched safari lodge in a setting of singular beauty.


Stretching from the waterways of the Linyanti all the way to Savute Marsh, the winding watertways of Savute Channel have pumped life into the western section of Chobe National Park for many thousands of generations.
Overnight: Savute Safari Lodge


Day 11

Activities are centered around game drives throughout the Savute area in open 4×4 safari vehicles.  Many trips will incorporate a visit to the Sabute Marsh for your chance to see the historic presence of the Savute Channel at the marsh against a teeming backdrop of wildlife.


You will also enjoy a visit to the ancient San rock paintings at Gubatsa Hills – a small hilly outcrop which forms a remarkable landmark in the otherwise flat landscape.
Overnight: Savute Safari Lodge


Day 12

You will be met at your lodge and transferred to airstrip for your charter flight to Kasane.  You will be met on arrival at Kasane Airport and transferred to Chobe Marina.  Uniquely located in the North-Eastern corner of Botswana where the four African nations of Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia converge, Chobe Marina Lodge is surrounded by the natural beauty of Africa.  The Chobe River, Chobe National Park, Kasane Forest Reserve, the Caprivi Strip and the mighty Zambezi river each offer their own attractions.
Overnight: Chobe Marina


Day 13

Chobe Marina Lodge’s expansive gardens are home to an abundance of wildlife, including the legendary fish eagle, warthog, squirrel, mongoose, vervet monkeys and fruit bat.  With the world-renowned Chobe National Park so close, an encounter with Africa’s awesome foursome (elephant, leopard, lion and buffalo) is definitely on the cards.


A river boat cruise to the park, will introduce you to a totally different game viewing experience.  Other activities to enhance your experience include a leisurely sightseeing cruise to Sedudu island, or for a more thrilling experience you can try your hand at fishing for the tamed tiger fish, which inhabit the Chobe and Kasai River systems.  And when not out and about visiting the many attractions in the area, the swimming pool is an ideal refuge.  Golfers too are catered for with a golf course in close proximity to the lodge.
Overnight: Chobe Marina


Day 14

You will be met at your lodge and transferred by road to the Victoria Falls Hotel.  Your hotel is popularly known as the “grand old lady of the falls” and situated on a World Heritage site overlooking the magnificent Victoria Falls, one of the wonders of the world.  Established in 1904, and recently redecorated, this gracious colonial style hotel is set in the lush tropical gardens and epitomizes the romance of grand travel.
Overnight: Victoria Falls Hotel

Day 15
The famous Victoria Falls are just a ten minute walk away using the hotel’s private pathway, and the ‘Smoke that Thunders’ or Mosi-O-Tunya in the local dialect, is clearly audible and visible from this luxurious landmark.  The opulent Livingstone Room for fine dining and dancing, the Jungle Junction with its famous breakfast and dinner buffets and ethnic entertainment in the evenings, offer a variety and wide choice.

Stanley’s Terrace, with its clear view of the Victoria Falls Bridge, connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia, is renowned for its cocktails and afternoon teas.  The Terrace has been a rendezvous for adventurers in Africa for over a century.
Overnight: Victoria Falls Hotel


Day 16
You will be met at your hotel and transferred to Victoria Falls Airport for your homebound flight.
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